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08/03 Tondu 6 Ebbw Vale 59
14/03 Blackwood v Ebbw (Lge 7:30)
'REL' reports on an enjoyable afternoon at Tondu, a less positive one at "HQ" and looks ahead to Blackwood, Scotland, Llandovery and the Welsh Charitables. As always, it's a great read.
9 tries for Ebbw in 59-6 win at Tondu
The Steelmen turned in a polished performance to come away from Pandy Park with five points to take another step towards the Championship title. On a sunny, warm afternoon, Ebbw took the game to Tondu from the off and the first scrum, five metres from the home line, resulted in a penalty try, converted by Iain Smerdon. Tondu bounced back and put decent pressure on the visitors, collecting two penalties in rapid succession to bring the score to 7-6. Apologies for not crediting the successful kicker: blame the lack of a PA system and a severe shortage of programmes. Ebbw then proceeded to rattle up 52 unanswered points, dominating every aspect of play and running in some excellent tries by Chris Thomas, Luke Davies (2), Dai James, Tom McAloon, Cameron Regan (2) and debutant Will Hodnett.
Luke Davies looked to be back to his best form, running in two tries of his own and making another for Dai James. Iain Smerdon controlled things very well and almost completed a staggering 70 metre run in for the final score but when he was pulled down just short, Will Hodnett was on hand to finish off. Smerdon converted 7 of his side's 9 tries. Up front, Rhys Clarke and Damien Hudd formed a dynamic powerhouse, the front row enjoyed the upper hand in the scrums and the new look back row was rampant, with Cameron Regan again a serious contender for man of the match.
Tom McAloon, Luke Davies, Dai James, Jordan Howells, Polu Uhi; Iain Smerdon, Chris Thomas, Ross Jones, Joe Franchi, Rob Sevenoaks; Damien Hudd (capt), Rhys Clarke; Lewis Young, Cameron Regan, Spencer Gibson. Bench: Luke Liddington, Mathew Williams, Ashley Sweet, Dai Jones, Will Hodnett.
Be part of Rugby World Cup 2015 celebrating the game of rugby
We have received the following from the WRU. If you are interested, please use the contact details included in the text.
Join The Pack and welcome the world to England and Cardiff in 2015
We are looking for 6,000 volunteers to be the faces of our tournament, and help us a deliver a brilliant Rugby World Cup. Rugby has a fantastic volunteer base already and three quarters of our volunteers (75%) will come from the rugby clubs in England and Wales.
Members of 'The Pack' will have a big part to play – and will undertake a range of roles, most of which are outside the venues. We have launched the programme, and will formally open applications on March 17th, which gives people a month to decide if volunteering is really for them.
How many volunteers will you have for Rugby World Cup 2015?
'The Pack' will be made up of 6,000 volunteers – 75% recruited from rugby clubs in England and Wales and the remainder open to the general public.
What roles will volunteers fulfil?
There will be a range of roles throughout the lead up to and delivery of the tournament but they will mainly be focused on transport and spectator experience (meet and greet, way-finding). There will be some specialist roles but the focus is on finding 6,000 members to form 'The Pack' who will welcome the world to rugby and to England and Cardiff.
How do people apply?
The WRU clubs will manage their own nomination process. Clubs can select two volunteers who will then use the central application system to apply and successful applicants will attend 'Try Outs' (selection events) between June and December 2014.
Will this be an online application process only?
Yes. The application process for all prospective members of 'The Pack' will be managed online. Codes will be emailed to clubs on the 17th March 2014.
How many shifts will volunteers need to work?
We anticipate most volunteers will be asked to work between two and ten shifts, although some roles may be needed for longer. Volunteers, in most cases, should be available to cover all match dates at their allocated venue. This will be communicated at the point of application.
When do volunteers start?
Most volunteers will be required to work either on match days or one day prior to a match day. The exact start time will depend on which venue each volunteer has been assigned to. We will be providing each volunteer with a personalised roster a few months before the start of the tournament. There may be a small number of roles that will commence a number of weeks in advance of the tournament. Volunteer availability will be captured at the application stage.
If you have any further queries, please contact the WRU Club Operations Team via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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